A year ago today, a prison guard and member of the Iron Order Motorcycle Club named Derrick Joseph “Kong” Duran, provoked a fight with members of the Mongols Motorcycle Club working at a booth at the Colorado Motorcycle Expo in Denver, Colorado.
When he realized he couldn’t physically defeat a Mongol named Jared “Hercules” Chadwick, Duran pulled a gun and shot the Mongol in the abdomen. Duran then escaped up a set of stairs. At the top of the stairs, he paused to murder another Mongol named Victor “Nubs” Mendoza.
The Iron Order, which counts numerous peace officers as members, encourages those members to aggressively seek confrontations with members of other motorcycle clubs, to use deadly force to win the fights its members start and coaches members to present themselves as victims to police.
The Iron Order’s organizational style is at odds with that of the clubs they confront. Most motorcycle clubs discourage members from cooperating with police and from testifying in court except for the defense. The Iron Order cynically exploits its defacto status as a police death squad. In the words of current Iron Order vice-president, Army Lieutenant Colonel Mike “Cgar” Crouse, “I know our club has the advantage. One percenters won’t call the cops. So what the fuck, destroy any fucker that confronts you. It’s a free ticket….”
The tragedy last year in Denver played out exactly the way Crouse told his club brothers it would. Iron Order members portrayed themselves as victims of the Mongols. Mongols, including Chadwick, declined to cooperate with police. Duran was never charged with any crime. Shortly after he was cleared, he sold his home in Longmont, Colorado and disappeared. His disappearance was so professionally accomplished that one informed source volunteered that Duran – although he was never charged with a crime or appeared at trial – seemed to have been enrolled in the United States Marshals Witness Security Program.
Duran was last seen in suburban Minneapolis.